MICRESS® is a unique tool for microstructure simulation developed by Access. It allows the calculation of the microstructure evolution during casting and further heat treatments on a sound physical and thermodynamic basis for technical multicomponent and multiphase alloys. Scale bridging to the process level is an active research topic together with different partners in academia and industry, e.g. in the framework of the “cluster of excellence: Integrative production technology in high wage countries” hosted at the RWTH Aachen University.
Access has been teaming up with CD-adapco, a world leading provider of CAE technology, to put into the hands of foundrymen, casting designers and tool makers an entirely new concept in casting simulation. STAR-Cast provides a comprehensive approach for multiphase casting simulation - liquid, solid and gaseous - including conjugate heat transfer, a sharp resolution of the filling front, free-surface fragmentation, motion of trapped gas bubbles in melt, forced and natural convection in melt and gas and gas flow through porous moulds.
The technological solutions are embedded in our scientific expertise, being targeted to commercially competitive products. Our know-how covers entire production lines from the raw material to final parts on stock (FPS) and even extending towards life-cycle predictions. Access has successfully optimized special casting processes for a number of alloy families with a focus on light weight alloys for the aero engine and automotive market. The simulation tool STAR-Cast, a joint development between cd-adapco and Access, is a true compelling engineering simulation solution for a broad range of casting processes.
Access is a successful provider of innovative casting technologies covering the full range of development tools for dedicated process simulation, material design and construction and operation of pilot plants, including newest equipment for quality control.
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STAR-Cast is a new casting simulation software based on the computational continuum mechanics approach, jointly developed by Access and CD-adapco. Based on a comprehensive and completely coupled physical approach and translated into an efficient and accurate computational software tool, STAR-Cast draws on the strengths of its two parent companies.